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A major project was launched yesterday (31 July 2012) that will improve access to health care for Indigenous people living in remote parts of the Northern Territory (NT) and Western Australia (WA) through the use of innovative technologies.
The project, which has been named Health eTowns, will use a range of video, audio and data-sharing technologies to support remote health workers with both patient care and professional education.
It will service 47 remote towns with a predominantly Indigenous population in the NT and six in the East Kimberley region of WA.
The project will:
Health eTowns will be administered by the NT Department of Health in partnership with the NT Department of Education and Training and the NT Department of Business and Employment. The Western Australian telehealth expansion component is supported with the assistance of the Western Australian Country Health Service (WACHS).
Health eTowns is one of numerous projects funded under the Digital regions initiative National partnership agreement. The Initiative is a $60 million federal program that is co-funding innovative digital enablement projects with state, territory and local governments over four years.
Source: Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy